Transformative Climate Resilience Education for Children and Youth: From Climate Anxiety to Resilience, Creativity and Regeneration, Literature review conducted for the ERASMUS+ Project 2023-1-SE01-KA220-SCH-000158705

Christine Wamsler, Laureline Simon, Gwen Ducros, Gustav Osberg

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Abstract

This report has been written as part of the ERASMUS+ project CLARITY. The aim of CLARITY is to enhance educators' skills for nurturing resilience and reducing climate anxiety of learners through trauma-informed and creative approaches that link inner and outer dimensions of change.

Sustainability and climate education tend to focus on environmental facts, whilst little room is given to the human dimension of climate change and fostering transformative change (Bentz & O’Brien, 2019; Wamsler et al., 2021). With climate change generally being understood as an external, technical challenge that needs fixing, inner capacities and potential needed for addressing human mental health impacts and societal challenges related to system-wide transformation are hardly considered (ibid).
Consequently, children and youth increasingly experience climate anxiety, associated overwhelm and denial (Hickman et al., 2021). CLARITY aims to address this gap.

Based on the European GreenComp Sustainability Competencies Framework (Bianchi et al., 2022) and an inter- and transdisciplinary co-creation process, we will develop an adapted competency framework for transformative climate resilience education for children and youth, policy recommendations, an innovative educators’ toolbox and train educators in implementation. Through online hubs we will support related knowledge exchange and shifts in underlying paradigms and approaches.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLund University
Number of pages68
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Apr 9

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  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Educational Sciences

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